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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're heading south early, early tomorrow morning for some 4th of July family fun, then wending our way northward via the Blue Ridge Parkway. We may - or may not - be able to post from the road next week, but the newsletter will definitely return by Monday, July 11.

•   Part 1 of our new series "You Survived": Take control of the financial life of your business, and uncover hidden revenue streams and new service offerings (with some inspiring - and cautionary - case studies).

•   Ivy seems to agree: the "era of the star" is over, and architectural practice may be shifting in some positive ways, with architects expanding their offerings beyond traditional building design.

•   Gans offers a candid assessment of her team's efforts to develop relief housing in New Orleans - a well-told "story of our work from the ground up - of its rich range of consequences and, ultimately, of its limitations."

•   High hopes for the Christchurch City Council 48 Hour Design Challenge this weekend, with 15 teams from around the world working to redesign parts of the quake-ravaged city: "We're really looking for the teams to 'wow' us."

•   Irking drivers as urban policy: many European cities are trying "to make car use expensive and just plain miserable enough to tilt drivers toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation" - as opposed to many U.S. cities that often seem to bend over backwards to keep drivers happy.

•   First look at the Whitney's High Line Maintenance & Operations building: this "is no incidental little shed for storing lawnmowers" (and Friends of the High Line are thrilled).

•   It's been awhile since we've heard word of the Okhta Center (a.k.a. Gazprom Tower) in St. Petersburg: it seems it's now to be built on "a far more remote location on the shore of the Gulf of Finland" - but the hecklers still came out (RMJM architect had to cut his presentation short).

•   Arquitectonica tapped to master plan a $3 billion South Florida resort, and "other world-class architects" will be invited to design specific elements (but does Miami really want it?).

•   It's only two years late, but it looks like the Prince's House ("formerly known as the Natural House") is ready for its close-up - and a call for "architects to follow its traditional approach" to eco-living (to each his own).

•   A veteran Chinese architect says "the country's architects need to stay in touch with their roots if they are to become truly international": "It is really painful to see the characteristics of ancient China's architectural style losing out."

•   King calls timid preservationists on the carpet for "too rarely calling their brethren to task" when a disputed building really doesn't merit preservation: "not all old buildings are created equal."

•   Fairbanks, Alaska's largest abandoned building is "Looking For Love Again," with help from an artist/urbanist.

•   High hopes to save an Art Deco architectural gem in the north of England that could "disappear forever under tons of concrete" if development plans move forward.

•   On a brighter note, Gropius' Fagus Factory has been added to the UNESCO Heritage List - and two Corbu-designed homes in a Stuttgart housing estate could join the list (great slide show) + Bauhaus designer Wagenfeld finally gets the attention he deserves, taking center stage at the Bauhaus Dessau (another great slide show).

•   Hagberg's "Nature Framed" is "at its heart, a love story between shrubbery and architecture" (our kind of love affair!); more seriously, it is a "thoughtful exploration of the intersection between architecture and nature."

•   Call for entries: BD's 6th annual Carbuncle Cup opens for nominations for the "ugliest building completed in Britain in the past 12 months" (jurors are some of the U.K.'s best architecture critics - oh to be a fly on the wall!).


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